How To Use Garlic To Soothe A Sore Throat
We only have to look back over history to see that Garlic medicinal properties have been used for centuries.
From, Roman physicians who considered garlic a universal remedy in the first century to Russian doctors in the early 1900s who used garlic for the treatment of respiratory tract diseases. They referred to garlic as Russian penicillin, ref.
Furthermore, garlic contains a compound called Alliin (S-allyl cysteine sulfoxide) that helps the immune system fight bugs.
Here is my garlic for sore throat home remedy “garlic elixir” (garlic, honey and apple cider vinegar recipe). Use this as soon as the first signs of a sore throat starts to appear.
5 cloves of garlic
4 tablespoons Honey
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
First, crush and finely chop the garlic. Place into a clean jar and cover with 4 tablespoons of honey – good antibacterial honey like Manuka Honey or Active Jelly-bush honey. Then leave the mixture to stand for 3-4 hours. Last, of all add the apple cider vinegar.
Take 1/2 teaspoon 4-5 times per day
Any persistent cough, accompanied by a headache or fever and or has yellow or green mucus should be evaluated by a healthcare practitioner. One precaution I have read is regarding the honey: do not give honey to children under 1 year of age unless it is pasteurised or boiled for five minutes. I would not give this mixture to a young child. If a child has a persistent cough, they should see a doctor.
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Written by: Brendon Groves Clinical Naturopathic Practitioner and Founder of Groves Naturopathics